Sunday, January 11, 2009

Project 12 - Entering the Self-Help World

I bought my first self-help book today. I've been on this quest to make my life easier and less stressful, and realized that I'd never taken a look at the methods that others have used in their own endeavors. A quick look through the local Borders' self help section led me to this:

I had never heard of Simple Steps before, but apparently these ladies have been on Oprah, and really, I trust Oprah on these things.

So why did I pick up this book? Honestly, it was the yellow flowers and the pink title. What can I say, I judge books by their covers! However, I bought it for three reasons:

  1. The steps really are simple. The first week of the plan, which I plan on completing this week, includes the following 4 items: drinking enough water every day, taking a 20 minute walk every day, cleaning out one closet or drawer per week, and saving an extra $2 per day. Sounds easy enough, right?
  2. The plan is really comprehensive, and will touch every part of your life - your home, your mind, your waistline, and your bank account. That's really what I need.
  3. No drastic lifestyle changes are required. Everything is eased into one week at a time over 10 weeks, which is totally doable with my busy schedule.

I'll update as I get further into the process these ladies have proposed. It feels nice to finally have a tangible reference book for the kinds of things I'm trying to change about myself and my life, and to know that others have been successful at this exact process. Wish me luck!

PS - if you're interested in this book, find it here on Amazon, or here on, or here on Borders' website.


Jay said...

I hate to say it, but I'm not sure that Oprah is the best person to emulate and/or take suggestions from when it comes to long term change...

Becca said...

Haha, fair point. I'm not reading it solely because Oprah recommended it - I picked it up, formed my own evaluation of it, and then saw on the back cover that Oprah (and the Today Show) had featured it before. It was more like the final push that got me to make the purchase.

Erin said...

Ha! I judge books by their covers, too. Anything pink with a glass of wine or a pair of shoes on it just grabs my attention, what can I say? I mean, I have to LOOK at it too, not just READ it ;-)

Ryann said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog! I love your blog too! Lemme know how the self-help books go! I'll definitely be checking out your blog!